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Reduced drag, while hugely important, isn’t the only consideration when trying to cut your swim time. Buoyancy and tracking also play key roles, and while almost all wetsuit address the drag issue, 2XU has also chosen to tackle the problems with buoyancy and drag to put the A:1 Active wetsuit ahead of the rest.
The 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit is made with ultra-stretchy, hydrodynamic SCS-coated Yamamoto neoprene which helps you glide through the water. And, while the neoprene itself is buoyant, 2XU added features that enhance your body positioning in the water to make your swim more efficient. The most obvious is the 39-cell front buoyancy panel that elevates your body in the water to assist in stroke mechanics. 2XU also added Velocity Strakes on the suit’s chest to help you track cleanly through the water. Concave Water Entrapment Zones on the forearms add strength to the pull-phase of your stroke.
The wetsuit’s liner stretches 520% for a comfortable fit and clean hydrodynamics. The full-length zipper on the back has an extended strap to make the suit easier to get in and out of, and the suit secures at the neck with a wide hook-and-loop panel.
- SCS-coated Yamamoto neoprene
- 39-cell front buoyancy panel
- Velocity strakes
- Concave Water Entrapment Zones
- Full-length rear zip with extended strap
- Item #TXU000U
- Q & A
First wet suit
This is my first wet suit and it seems to work very well for open water swimming. It's buoyant, unrestrictive and warm. Might be better ones out there but this one seems to do the trick. I am 6ft 4, 160lbs and I fit nicely into the large tall.
Great!!! Entry Level Wetsuit
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: medium
- Height: 5'11"
- Weight: 140lbs
I will focus on two things about this wetsuit, things that I feel anyone who is looking for a wetsuit of this caliber will be interested in. Side note: I'm an ok swimmer, have a good body position in the water.
1. Quality vs a more expensive wetsuit. My review is limited here, but I've had a Blue70 Reaction suit that I returned due to sizing. As far a quality goes, I will say that the Blue70 Reaction is noticeably better quality. Minor things like the seams, inside lining, zipper and overall construction. Flip side is that you will pay a lot more, duh! The question is, it is worth the extra and will you notice while swimming. In my opinion, I didn't notice it that much. Buoyancy is about the same between the two. I actually find it easier to remove the 2XU in T1 than I did with the Reaction.
2. Sizing: This is always a question and I wish more people posted this. After reading someone's else's comment I went with a Medium. I am 180.3cm tall, 96.5cm chest, 85cm inseam, 78cm waist and I weigh 63.5kg. The medium fits me perfect. I have enough room to wear my Tri Kit under and a HR strap too without it constricting my breathing.
3. Summary: I got this suit for just under $200 here after BC 20% promo, credits and ebates. For the price, you can't go wrong. And if you are looking at an entry level wetsuit, I think this a great option. Would I buy again, yes!
Side note....I forgot my Body Glide during one training session and was able to swim 2500meters without any neck irritation.
I was directed here on a search for triathlon clothing...how good is this for cycling?